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Taigan Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Taigan so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Taigan have? The dog breed also known as...
Kyrgyz Sighthound, Tajgan, Kyrgyzskaya Borzaya Taigan
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Taigan recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Taigan recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
How much does the Taigan puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Taigan price:
Unfortunately, we couldn't find the price of the Taigan. If you have a Taigan for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Taigan gets to a happy place.


For centuries the Taigan has been valued by the Kyrgyz people as an essential part of their nomadic way of life. According to a legend, a puppy that hatched out of a single egg stolen from the nest of a Kumai mountain vulture grew up to become a Taigan, the dog that saved an entire tribe from starvation by dispatching a pack of wolves attacking their herd of cattle.

In history, this sighthound has been part of the nomadic tribe’s lives as they journeyed through Central Asia and Siberia. The dogs were so treasured that traditionally the only way to get a Taigan was to be given as a gift, or sometimes they were even stolen as once could not buy one.

Moreover, for centuries, Tiagans, also known as Kyrgyz Sighthounds, were indispensable helpmates to their people. These wicked fast dogs hunted for their own food and helped their nomadic masters hunt for their food as well. The breed was very adaptable, reliable, and loved for its hunting abilities. In fact, the Taigan is more than capable of taking on a wolf and winning the fight. However, modernization was not so good for the breed. Industrial development, modern firearms, and the arrival of new people diminished the need for a swift hunting dog. To make matters worse, the ancient tradition of keeping Taigans loose and untethered resulted in many dogs being shot on sight in accordance with an ordinance intended to solve a stray dog problem. This was one of the reasons why the breed began disappearing. Furthermore, in the 1930s, a few breed enthusiasts worked hard to try and save the breed. Eventually, registration of the existing dogs was started by Soviet cynologists. The German invasion of 1941 put a stop to such efforts. An interesting thing I might add is that the seeds of a breed standard for the breed could be found in the same Soviet Union mandate that leads to the creation of the Estonian Hound. However, it wasn’t until 1964 when a Professor called S.A. Miniukhin wrote the first Taigan breed standards which were then accepted by the Kennel Council of the Soviet Union. When Kyrgyzstan became an independent country in 1991 the centralized research of the breed ended. Collective farming collapsed, and those living in rural areas had to rely on hunting with the Taigan once again to earn a living. Conversely, a new upper class adopted the breed as a status symbol and evidence of national pride.

Although, because of such factors and catastrophic situations, it is difficult to tell with certainty how many dogs there are. The purest dogs are said to be found in remote areas, and mountainous country is difficult for experts or researchers to navigate. There is also a Kyrgyz tradition, that a good dog should never be shown to strangers so being able to see a dog is quite difficult. It would require the support of the village’s male elder, as well as the respect of local hunters who would act as intermediaries by asking the owner for permission to see his dog. However, yearly festivals seem to attract the best Taigans who are shown off in competitions for speed and catching. The Taigan is not recognized by the FCI, but it is recognized by a number of kennel clubs including the German Kennel Club.

General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Taigan size:
How much does the Taigan weigh? Taigan weight:
Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Taigan? Taigan average weight:
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
How tall is the Taigan? Taigan height:
Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Taigan average height:
Male: 25 inches (65 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Taigan have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Taigan's coat?
How to groom the Taigan and how often?
Average: The Taigan requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Taigan, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Taigan dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Kyrgyz Sighthound? Taigan shedding level:
Taigans are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.


What kind of personality does the Taigan have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Taigan? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Taigan's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Are Taigan dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Taigans are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
How playful is this breed?
Taigans are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Taigan sensitivity:
Taigans don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Taigans are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Kyrgyz Sighthound need? Taigan social needs:
Taigans are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Taigan dogs bark a lot? Why does my Tajgan bark?
Average to high: The Taigan is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Taigan good as a watchdog?
Taigans are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Taigans will alert you if they sense something different.
Do Taigan dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Taigans strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Taigan bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Kyrgyz Sighthound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Taigan? Why do dog bites happen?
The Taigan has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Taigan do?
Taigans have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Taigans need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Taigan to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Taigan roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Taigan is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Taigan have high prey drive?
Taigans have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Taigan dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Taigan good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Taigans are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Taigans adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Taigans do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Taigan dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Taigans are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Taigan dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Taigan and children:
Taigans are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Taigan dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Taigans are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Taigan good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Taigan dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Taigans are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Taigans good office dogs? Do Taigans make good office friendly dogs? Can Taigans be office dogs?
Taigan is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Taigan dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Kyrgyz Sighthound temperament with senior people? Are Taigan dogs good for elderly owners?
Taigans are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Taigan dogs get along with other pets? Are Taigan dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Taigans do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Taigan breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Taigans are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Taigan be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Taigan is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Taigan be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Taigan is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Taigan be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Taigan is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Taigan be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Taigan is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Taigan be a boat dog?
Not really
Taigan breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Taigan be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Taigan is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Taigan dogs have health problems?
The Taigan is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Taigan dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Taigan be?
10-13 years
Is the Taigan breed hypoallergenic?
Taigans do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Taigan have?
Taigans are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Taigan dogs require per day?
Taigans need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Taigans don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Taigan need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Taigan risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Taigan has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Taigan's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Taigan has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Taigan drool?
The Taigan is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Taigan could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Taigan. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Taigan pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Taigan pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Taigan: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Taigan have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Taigan have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Taigan

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Taigan's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Taigans are very easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Taigans do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Taigans are low shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Taigan is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Taigans are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Taigans adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Taigans are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Taigans are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Apartment Friendly: Taigans are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Taigan is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Taigans do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Taigans are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Taigan is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Taigans are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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